Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is one of the last large-scale Romantic Gardens left in the U.S. The aim of a Romantic Garden is to transport visitors from the drab routine of daily existence into one of beautiful chaos. The variety of plants and flora, unexpected twists and turns, and unbridled planting style all serve to immerse one in the pleasures of the natural world, making a visit to the gardens of Magnolia Plantation a time for tranquility and reflection.
Spring Hours: Open Daily Mid-March – October from 8am – 5:30pm | 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414 | 843.571.1266 | $15 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, under 6 free.
Middleton Place’s 65 acres are home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The formal style of its garden design reflects the order and symmetry of Henry Middleton’s original vision in 1741. Over the years, his descendants have added many colors and varieties to the gardens, so that now Middleton Place blooms with every season. Spring in particular is a sight, with March heralding the bloom time for dozens and dozens of species.
Open Daily 9am – 5pm | 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414 | 843.556.6020 | Adults $28, Students w/ID $15, Children $10, Children 5 & under are free.
Lunch – Middleton Place Restaurant
Dine amongst the blooms! The Middleton Place Restaurant, formerly run by Chef Edna Lewis, the ‘Grand Dame of Southern Cooking’, offers divine Lunch and Dessert menus full of exceptional Low Country fare. Favorites include Carolina She-Crab Soup, Pecan Smoked Pulled Pork and Huguenot Torte. Lunch: Noon-3 p.m. Daily (General Admission required) | 843.556.6020
Dinner – HUSK
With so many acclaimed restaurants, it is difficult to pick just one, but HUSK is deserving not only for its flavors, but for the experience of enjoying its truly indigenous-to-the-South cuisine. You will not only love the historic nature of the venue, but the history entrenched within the dishes themselves. Dinner: Sun – Thurs from 5:30-10pm, Fri – Sat from 5:30-11pm | 76 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401 | 843.577.2500